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Thoughts on Legion & Stormblood – Ability Pruning & More


The Ugly So far this year has been an unsurprising one for MMOs, nothing new has flabbergasted us, yet all the oldies have only gotten better. There are two games I’d like to focus on today. Ageing like a fine

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Posted in Content, Game, Game Design, PVP, World of Warcraft

Is Class Customization Going the Way of the Dinosaur?


In MMOs, on opposite ends of the spectrum you have two models for class design: Each class supports very high customization, where the player can invest in particular skill trees / talents / abilities to support their preferred playstyle and capabilities. E.g.

Posted in Game Design, PVP, RIFT, SWTOR, WildStar, World of Warcraft

WildStar (Finally) Going F2P


Two notable MMORPGs launched in 2014 with subscription models: Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) and WildStar. Four months ago, Bethesda Softworks announced that ESO was going B2P (buy-to-play). Today, Carbine announced that WildStar is going F2P (free-to-play). For whatever reason, game developers have been painfully slow on

Posted in Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, Guild Wars 2, WildStar, World of Tanks, World of Warcraft

When a Build Choice is Not Really a Choice [#ESO]


One of the blogs I follow is For The Record (FTR), which is run by a gamer named SilentStalker (SS) who covers World of Tanks (WoT) news. SS recently posted his take on Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). There were a

Posted in Camelot Unchained, Elder Scrolls Online, Game Design, PVE, PVP, RIFT, Sage / Sorcerer, World of Warcraft

WildStar Advances the Action Combat Paradigm for MMORPGs


Disclaimer: I have not yet played WildStar in Beta, and as the NDA is still in place, even if I do start participating in Beta I’ll honor the NDA. So I won’t respond to questions about what I actually think

Posted in Game Design, Guild Wars 2, PVE, PVP, SWTOR, TERA, Video, WildStar, World of Warcraft
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